The recent Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides states multiple and complex opportunities with respect
to the future of their Medicaid programs. Governor Brewer has started a deliberate and thoughtful
process to review these options and engage with stakeholders for their valuable input. The links
below include more information regarding the impact of the ACA provisions to Arizona’s Medicaid program and summaries of these
stakeholder efforts. Continue to check this page for updates.
April 18, 2013
AHCCCS and DES are leveraging the current Health-e-Arizona system to comply with new requirements for
Medicaid and CHIP eligibility. Click on the link below for more information.
New Technology for Public Assistance in AZ
January 15, 2013
On January 14, 2013, Governor Brewer announced her proposal regarding Medicaid coverage. Details about her plan will be released in the near future. Her recommendation will
now be considered by the Legislature in the 2013 legislative session. Visit the Medicaid Coverage page for more information.
Health Insurance Exchange
November 18, 2012
Governor Brewer announced that the State of Arizona will not pursue the creation of a state-based
Health Exchange. Instead, Arizona will participate in a federally-operated Exchange.
Exchange Decision Letter- 11/28/12
November 15, 2012
The Federal Government extended the deadline from November 16, 2012 to December 14, 2012 for states to
decide whether to have a State or Federally operated Exchange.
Essential Health Benefits
September 28, 2012
Governor Brewer selected the State Employee Benefit- United Healthcare EPO with pediatric, dental and vision
coverage supplemented by the FED-VIP as the baseline Essential Health Benefits package for Arizona. The Essential
Health Benefits package mandates the minimum services for all policies in Arizona. More information can be
found on the links below:
Essential Health Benefits
Governor Brewer Letter 9/28/12
Arizona accepted public comments regarding the Essential Health Benefits Benchmark Plan. A link to the survey
tool to solicit feedback as well as the Essential Health Benefits Report with additional information can be found
below. Comments could also be submitted electronically to: HIX@az.gov.
Benchmark Plan Survey
Benchmark Plan Report
Tracking ACA Provisions
Information regarding AHCCCS implementation of some of the Medicaid requirements of the ACA is provided
below. This document will be updated regularly as information becomes available.
AHCCCS Tracking- 1/11/13 forthcoming
CMS has released additional information in the form of FAQs regarding some of the ACA’s provisions that can be
found on the link below.
Previous ACA Stories
AHCCCS began tracking the impacts of Federal Health Care Reform from the time the plan was first announced in 2009. AHCCCS
continued to analyze and provide updated information based on the different proposals. These updates can be found on the
Federal Activities link below:
AHCCCS has been involved in a variety of stakeholder efforts to inform and accept feedback from the public
regarding the Future of Medicaid. The links below include additional information from these stakeholder efforts.
In addition to the public meetings, Written comments were submitted by email to:
AZFuture@azahcccs.gov or mailed to: